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Subject: Re: AOL silently dropping mail again?
From: Tim Pierce <twp @ rootsweb . com>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 1999 20:36:08 -0400
To: list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM
Cc: byronl @ teleport . com
In-reply-to: <19991024010730 . B5980 @ ma-1 . rootsweb . com>
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On Sun, Oct 24, 1999 at 01:07:30AM -0400, Tim Pierce wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 23, 1999 at 07:55:47PM -0700, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:
> > 
> > It is a somewhat well known fact that if AOL identifies a given piece
> > of incoming mail as being probable spam, they'll accept it and then
> > just quietly route it to /dev/null with no bounce.
> > 
> > (According to them, they save a lot of bandwidth and processing power
> > by simply dev/null'ing spam, rather than trying to bounce it.)
> 
> Yup.  If we try to bounce a spam, it just generates a double-bounce

Bad wording on my part.  I do not work for or speak for AOL.  I
was just confirming that our experience with bouncing or dropping spam
is consistent with that (rumored) reasoning.

-- 
Regards,
Tim Pierce
RootsWeb.com lead system admonsterator
and Chief Hacking Officer


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